Definition of cancrizans
: 3crab Schoenberg's “Mondfleck” from Pierrot Lunaire is a vocal line accompanied by a double canon played in cancrizans fashion and a simultaneous three-part fugue. — Edmund Dehnert, in The Languages of Creativity, 1986 a cancrizans passage
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Origin and Etymology of cancrizans
Medieval Latin, present participle of cancrizare to go backwards, from Latin cancr-, cancer crab + Late Latin -izare -ize
First Known Use: 1782
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